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'Breaking Bad': Jesse the ... Hero? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 15th 2011 7:37AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'Shotgun'Gus' silent approach to dealing with his drug empire seems to permeate down the ranks on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC). No one questions him, no one talks to him if he doesn't want to talk, and apparently his henchmen don't talk either. The tactic does a great job of leaving the viewer just as in the dark as Walter and Jesse most of the time.

We feel that same sense of helplessness and frustrated confusion at every turn. Mike drove Jesse around for hours with no explanation. When Walter refused to cook without his partner, Gus sent in a new partner who couldn't even tell Walter that's why he was there. He had to let Walt figure it out.

But credit where it's due, Gus handled Jesse's spiraling out of control in a masterful way, by giving him a new sense of value and worth. But he had to put Jesse through a mental ringer first, believing that Mike was going to kill him. He then orchestrated a fake hit on the last money drop location so Jesse could be the hero and save the day.

As smart as Gus is, we wouldn't be surprised to see him start trying to bend Jesse more to his side and away from Walt. If he can't eliminate Walt, he could at least eliminate the one person Walt is closest to, outside of his family.

This week saw some great strides for Hank's character, and it's about time. After feeling he'd solved the Heisenberg case, Hank actually looked happier and more satisfied than we've probably ever seen him. He had, as he put it, closure.

Was it because Walt didn't like the idea of him being happy, or was it his own pride that caused him to put that seed of doubt in Hank's head. Our bet is it was pride. That dinner conversation could very well be the first part of Walter White's ultimate downfall at the hands of his brother-in-law.

Don't count Hank out, either. His catch on the fried chicken bag at Gale's house is a huge break in the case, even if he doesn't know it yet. If Walter is our hero, and the genius Hank claims Heisenberg to be, though, he may yet find a way to weasel his way out of both problems. Manipulate the case from both sides just enough to get Hank to take down Gus, while leaving him ready to start building his own criminal empire from the inauspicious beginnings of a car wash.

What do you think? Now that we know after this season there are only 16 more episodes coming, do you want a happy ending for Walt and Jesse? Do they get away with all they've done, or should they pay the price like Vic Mackey did on 'The Shield' (only probably a fate worse than Vic's)?

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I got the feeling that Gus had planned for Jessie to get killed by those muggers. I think you can see Walter think this when Jessie was telling him his story about "saving the day." In that car scene between Mike and Gus, I think we were watching Mike talk Gus into another solution because Jessie survived when he shouldn't have.

August 15 2011 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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